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e-highway

(Electric-HIGHWAY) An electrically-augmented road. In 2012, Siemens began trials in Germany that work like trolley cars. Hybrid diesel-electric trucks are fitted with rods that are raised when entering the roads with overhead electric lines at speeds up to 60 mph. To reduce smog in California, pilot projects of the Siemens system are expected at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in the future. See driverless car and hyperlane.


Trials in Germany
In 2012, Siemens began trials of its e-highway system in Germany. The advantage of the trolley approach is that the overhead wires can be added to existing highways. (Image courtesy of Siemens AG, www.siemens.com)
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Infrastructure considerations could include providing power to vehicles en route such as Sweden's experiment with overhead catenaries on their eHighway as shown in Figure 77 [235].
Siemens' freight electrification eHighway system --marketed as combining the proven efficiency of railways with the flexibility of trucks--has the potential to make significant inroads into greening heavy transport.
Finally, eHighway trucks need a hybrid drive --Siemens is agnostic as to type--so that, while on electrified routes, its electric motors can be powered entirely via the system--meaning there is no drain on batteries.
The eHighway is twice as efficient as internal combustion engines.
The eHighway concept developed by Siemens combines tried and tested rail technology with the flexibility of road transport," says Jan Nylander, project leader for the County Council of Gavleborg.
Siemens' eHighway of the Future project, undergoing tests in Germany, involves hybrid diesel--electric trucks that are equipped to connect to overhead wires.